Adding star power and pedigree to a line-up saturated with Top 20 hits, CTV announced its Fall 2006 Prime-Time schedule this morning in advance of its Annual Upfront Presentation at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto.
Four new dramas and three new comedies serve to strengthen television’s #1 prime-time schedule. They are: STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, the most anticipated new drama starring Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford from Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme; JUSTICE, from mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Canadian Victor Garber; SMITH, an action packed series from John Wells, featuring Ray Liotta; THE NINE, a serial thriller from the creators of Without a Trace; 30 ROCK, the most anticipated new comedy starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin; THE CLASS, from the creator of Friends (David Crane) and featuring a strong ensemble cast including Jason Ritter and LET’S ROB…, a fresh new comedy featuring cameos by Mick Jagger.
Together they join an unbeatable line-up that features returning Top 20 programs like American Idol, Desperate Housewives, Corner Gas, Lost, CSI, ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Medium, Law & Order SVU, Criminal Minds and more. Integrated with the highest-rated Canadian programming slate of any broadcaster, CTV presents another balanced schedule with appointment viewing every single night and hits from every genre.
CTV also announced it has placed two more comedy pick-ups 20 GOOD YEARS and HAPPY HOUR, on its weekend day-time slate, a testament to the strength of CTV’s prime-time schedule. CTV also revealed two midseason pick-ups: the serial thriller TRAVELER and political drama WATERFRONT, starring Joey Pantoliano as a scrappy city mayor.
“From Jerry Bruckheimer to J.J. Abrams, from Simon Fuller to John Wells, David Crane, Aaron Sorkin, John Brunton, Sandra Faire, Linda Schuyler and more, the 2006 CTV slate is as deep with creative talent as it is with star-power,” said Susanne Boyce, CTV President of Programming and Chair of the CTV Media Group.
CTV confirmed that in 2006-2007, it will continue to be a leader in delivering High Definition programming to Canadians via two HD channels, CTV HD East and CTV HD West. In fact, virtually every hour in prime time and all of CTV’s scripted Canadian programs will be available in HD. Following on its most successful Canadian program slate ever, Boyce also confirmed CTV is returning 11 Canadian prime-time series to the schedule. Leading the way is Season 4 of Corner Gas, Season 6 of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 3 of Instant Star, Season 2 of Robson Arms, Whistler, and Jeff Ltd., Season 10 of Comedy Now, Season 3 of Comedy Inc, Season 5 of Canadian Idol, daily entertainment leader, etalk, and the 41st Season of W-FIVE.
CTV’s 2006-2007 slate will also feature the best in Canadian scripted movies with 10 titles in its Original Movie Package. Highlights include: Elijah, the story of Elijah Harper, the Aboriginal leader who said ‘No’ to Meech Lake; The Clark Todd Story, A Friend of the Family, In God’s Country, Last Exit , Luna, the heart-warming story of a stray killer whale orphaned in B.C.’s Nootka Sound, the highly-anticipated Shades of Black: The Conrad Black Story, Sticks and Stones, The Terrorist Next Door, a fascinating look at a Canadian sleeper cell, and Would Be Kings, a four-hour mini-series. The dramatic movie bundle continues to underscore CTV’s unparalleled commitment to scripted movies and mini-series.
Commenting on CTV’s original line-up, Boyce added: “At CTV we not only get the stars, we create them too. No other Canadian network has a star-making factory like CTV. Programmed to succeed, our Canadian programs stand shoulder to shoulder with their American counterparts.”
On the documentary front, CTV will premiere 13 new documentary titles. Highlights include
The K-Tel Story, the tale of a group of Winnipeggers who created one of the most successful marketing companies in Canadian history, Short Guys about the discrimination faced by many short men in their youth, in their relationships and in the workplace, Tabitha’s Trip the heartwarming story of a father who struggles to take his ailing daughter across Canada before she loses her sight, and There’s Something Out There, the story of the legendary Big Foot and how how 10 seconds of grainy video footage leads to primetime coverage in North America.
It’s another blockbuster year in specials on CTV, anchored by the April, 2007 presentation of The JUNO Awards from Saskatoon. It’s the first time ever for Canada’s premier musical showcase in Saskatchewan. After stops in St. John’s, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax, the JUNOS have become water-cooler programming for Canadians. The JUNOS are joined by The MTV Music Video Awards for the first time on CTV, along with The Giller Awards, The 79th Annual Academy Awards, The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards, The 58th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, The 34th Annual American Music Awards and the 10th anniversary installment of Canada’s Walk of Fame on CTV. In all, it’s television’s most prolific Awards package.
In News, the headline has not changed. CTV News continues to be Canada’s most watch news service and will once again set the gold standard for local and national newscasts. CTV’s Chief News Anchor Lloyd Robertson remains Canada’s most-trusted anchor, celebrating 50-plus years in broadcasting. The news day starts with Canada’s #1 national news morning show, Canada AM. Sundays, CTV’s national political landmark Question Period returns as the must-see show for political junkies. On Saturday nights, the award-winning investigative program, W-FIVE, continues to cover the tough, relevant stories …in all their shades of gray.
In sports, CTV continues its ongoing commitment to High Definition, with HD coverage of two key events on the 2006 sports calendar. CTV will air the FIFA World Cup finale – the single largest sports event in the world – July 9, while CTV teams up with TSN for live HD coverage of all four rounds of golf’s Bell Canadian Open in September. The action continues from the world of figure skating with the 2006 MasterCard Skate Canada International from Victoria, B.C. (November) and the 2007 BMO Financial Group Canadian Championships from Halifax (January 2007).
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7-8 p.m. Cold Case
8-9 p.m. The Amazing Race
9-10 Desperate Housewives
10-11 p.m. STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP
8-9 p.m. Dancing With The Stars (performance) / Degrassi: The Next Generation
9-10 p.m. Criminal Minds
10-11 p.m. Law and Order: SVU
8-9 p.m. Dancing With The Stars (results)
9-10 p.m. JUSTICE / Lost
10-11 p.m. CSI: New York
7-8 p.m. The O.C.
8-9 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
9-10 p.m. CSI
10-11 p.m. ER
8-9 p.m. Ghost Whisperer
9-10 p.m. Close To Home
10-11 p.m. Law and Order